Dinner Party is a short virtual reality thriller that dramatizes the incredible story of Betty and Barney Hill, who in the 1960’s reported the first nationally known UFO abduction case in America. The core theme at the heart of Dinner Party is the extraordinary interrupting the ordinary. A dinner party, a space of safety and community, is transformed through the abduction into a place of estrangement and otherness. It is this theme where the cohesion with not just Virtual Reality as a medium but also immersive theatre lies, both taking power from the blurring of the real and the constructed.
Dinner Party takes the shape of a communal VR viewing in a narrative installation, investigating the congruences and contradictions between the isolation of the headset and the in-real-life community of fellow viewers. It is at this intersection where the potential and the future of Virtual Reality lies.
Writer/Creator - Charlotte Stoudt and Laura Wexler
Director - Angel Soto
Cinematographer - Sam Gezari
Executive Producers - Erik Donley, David Alpert, Rachel Skidmore, Charlotte Stoudt, Laura Wexler, Bryn Mooser, Jake Sally, and Averie Timm.